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The air we breathe

Welcome to the fourth #Build2Perform podcast! This month, we’re concentrating on the issue of indoor air quality. What is it, why is it important and what can engineers do about it? I’ll be speaking to two experts in air quality, independent sustainability consultant Julie Godefroy and Alan Fogarty of Cundall, to answer those questions and more!

You can listen to the podcast below, but you can also find it in the iTunes library and on other podcast apps by searching #Build2Perform if you’d like to listen on the move via smartphone or tablet. We’ll also be discussing the podcast on Twitter under the #Build2Perform, and you’ll find useful links about what you hear under the podcast below.Indoor air quality is becoming one of the next great public health issues of our time, and is being considered more and more by designers as a fundamental part of the building’s health. Overshadowed somewhat in the public eye by its outdoor cousin, more and more research is being carried out into an area that could claim more than 40,000 lives a year in the UK alone.One of the most recent and comprehensive studies carried out int his area is by the Royal College of Physicians, and takes in both indoor and outdoor data. CIBSE also has knowledge available specifically on the indoor component, such as KS17: Indoor Air Quality & Ventilation, published in 2011.

From a regulatory perspective, both the UK Government and the European Union have rules on indoor air quality standards, which are summed up by the Government here. Indoor air quality in the home and in schools is a major thread at this year’s CIBSE Conference and Exhibition. Sessions that deal directly with this issue are: